I was talking to one of my Bulls sources the other day, and he told me that the Bulls were in talks for O.J. Mayo at the deadline. K.C. Johnson had reported that the Bulls offered up two firsts, and a second for Mayo.
But according to multiple league sources, the Bulls aggressively pursued
Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo, offering Ronnie Brewer, two
first-round picks and one second-round pick.
However, my source said the Grizzlies countered with Brewer + Omer for Mayo which the Bulls rejected. Given that Ronnie was an important defensive cog for our team, and I think we really need his defense to get past Miami, I'm not that disappointed with the news (though I probably would have made that trade).
However, I find it hard to believe the Grizzlies were really that enamored with Brewer and were probably looking to use him to match salaries with another player likely involved heading to
Chicago (that part is speculation).
What's interesting to me is that it proves a couple things.
1: The rumor about the Grizzlies being unwilling to deal with the Bulls is [not surprisingly] B.S.
2: Omer Asik + Salary relief might be enough to land Mayo on draft day.
Would you trade Omer for Mayo? I think I would. He's a solid young big man, I can see him being a Joel Przybilla down the line. A guy who can block a lot of shots, play very good defense in the paint, and be basically hopeless on offense.
I think O.J. Mayo right now is worth more than a prime Joel Przybilla. Of course, a lot of that depends on what you think of Mayo's game where his statistics, minutes, and role on his team have declined heavily this past season while the team itself has blossomed.
I think Mayo can be a two way player for us and play 30 minutes a night. I like Asik off the bench, but I don't see him as more than a 20 minute guy while Joakim Noah is on the roster. Granted, he does provide excellent depth in case of injury, and you can never have too many bigs.
However, when you're going to win, you need to maximize the talent in the game, and Mayo's ability to upgrade the talent for considerably more minutes is important.
Granted, since the deadline several things have happened.
1: Omer Asik played even better.
2: The Grizzlies made it to game 7 in the second round and might be more inclined to keep Mayo for another year.
Will the same offer (minus Brewer) be on the table at draft time? Was Brewer actually a critical cog in the offer? (if so, I don't think it's worthwhile)
Of all the trade scenarios in the world, the three I find most likely are:
1: Chicago trading up for a higher pick with their two picks
2: Chicago trading for O.J. Mayo
3: Chicago trading for Courtney Lee
We'll see what happens.